We visited Dunham Massey before the house was open, so as to get the best opportunity to see the snowdrops. On arrival we went straight to the Winter Garden, only in existence since 2009. We were issued with a map and spent about two hours strolling round the network of paths, taking in all the snowdrops and other flora. It is peaceful, interesting and a generally wonderful place to be. I should point out that we are NT members, there is a fee for non-members.
After a great time in the gardens, we went into the parkland, the relative wilderness of which contrasts perfectly with the managed, creative designs of the garden. There are a number of paths through the parkland (some lead off the property to nearby villages if you're feeling adventurous). So, great scope for walks here, always keeping an eye out for the resident deer. We were nearly back to the house after seeing one deer, but then we happened upon a herd of maybe 100 deer. They crossed the path in front of us, an organised procession. The visit was worth it if this was all we had seen.
An honourable final mention for the restaurant, which, while it tends towards being busy, has a wide range of excellent drinks and snacks. Downstairs is one of the bigger NT shops, with a good range of interesting and high quality products.
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